Blast rips through World Cup watch party in Nigeria
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 01:11
June 18 - A bomb blast tore through a World Cup watch party in Nigeria leaving at least 13 people dead, including several children. Gavino Garay reports.
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A peaceful gathering of soccer fans watching a World Cup match turns deadly.
At least 13 people attending a watch party in Nigeria are dead after a bomb tore through the venue.
Children, immobilized in hospital beds.
Witnesses said they saw someone drop a device in front of the location moments before the blast.
Informed of the tragic news back home, athletes on the Nigerian team in Brazil say they'll play harder than ever for the people of Nigeria.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NIGERIAN TEAM OFFICIAL, EMMANUEL ATTAH, SAYING:
"In fact we are more than ever determined that the only way we can console... these people that lost their lives or who are injured, to is just do one thing, go ahead and beat Bosnia and qualify for the next round of the World Cup."
FIFA's head of media Delia Fischer:
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA'S HEAD OF MEDIA, DELIA FISCHER, SAYING:
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident in Nigeria. Our sincere condolences for the families of the victims, and the friends. FIFA definitely condemns any form of violence."
While no single group has claimed responsibility for the attack -- the Yobe state in Nigeria is in the middle of a five-year-old insurgency by the Islamist group Boko Haram.
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